The next Olympus PEN camera

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I received some information that the next Olympus PEN camera will have a new design and will look more like the old PEN F film camera. In addition, the new camera is rumored to have a viewfinder (not sure if it will be optical or electronic). I have no other details for now.

Olympus announced the E-PL2 in January 2011, the E-P3 in June 2011 and the  E-PL5 in September 2012 (Photokina). It is reasonable to expect the next PEN announcement will probably be this summer.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/fotochuck charles embrey

    More Retro?? No thanks. I prefer the MODERN look of the Panasonic line of cameras.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fotochuck charles embrey

    More Retro?? No thanks. I prefer the MODERN look of the Panasonic line of cameras.

    • regular

      I like Retro style and especially ergonomics of the 60-70′s.
      The moto could be “simpler is better”.

      • http://profiles.google.com/fotochuck charles embrey

        I don’t remember any camers I bought during the 1960s-’70s having the FUBAR Olympus menus.

        BTW are ART FILTERS part of “simpler is better??” 8-D

      • http://profiles.google.com/fotochuck charles embrey

        I don’t remember any camers I bought during the 1960s-’70s having the FUBAR Olympus menus.

        BTW are ART FILTERS part of “simpler is better??” 8-D

  • kuishinbou

    Too bad they have such a small sensor, as the lenses are very nice and the retro style is pretty cool. Within the next few years, there will be no need for such a small sensor, as there will be fantastic APS-C and full frame options with a full range of lenses in a small package as well…that said, M4/3 deserves recognition for starting it all off…

    • Michael Sheeler

      Good point, but one of my favorite lenses is an old cinema mount Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Tevidon 1.4/25. Makes a circle on an APS-C sensor, but it’s just right on m4/3. That lens alone is reason enough for me to hold on to (and keep purchasing) m4/3 bodies. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlsheeler/8092372767/in/photostream/

    • Gianlu

      “Within the next few years, there will be no need for such a small sensor, as there will be fantastic APS-C and full frame options with a full range of lenses in a small package as well.”…keep dreaming…
      Within next few year will be no need for aps-c or FF sensor , small sensor
      will bring the same quality, in a very small package.
      Oh no, sorry you need 100mp sensor for wall photos…;)

      • fred

        Well, its already there and it’s called leica M. And I guess it won’t be too long until sony/fuji/samsung will start copying them.
        Actually, the NEX is already about as compact as a pen if one uses small legacy primes or modern CV, ZM lenses. The only thing that current APS systems lack is a good ibis. Then again the only good ibis on m43 is the 5-axis ibis on the OMD.

    • Gianlu

      “Within the next few years, there will be no need for such a small sensor, as there will be fantastic APS-C and full frame options with a full range of lenses in a small package as well.”…keep dreaming…
      Within next few year will be no need for aps-c or FF sensor , small sensor
      will bring the same quality, in a very small package.
      Oh no, sorry you need 100mp sensor for wall photos…;)

      • fred

        Well, its already there and it’s called leica M. And I guess it won’t be too long until sony/fuji/samsung will start copying them.
        Actually, the NEX is already about as compact as a pen if one uses small legacy primes or modern CV, ZM lenses. The only thing that current APS systems lack is a good ibis. Then again the only good ibis on m43 is the 5-axis ibis on the OMD.

    • alex

      m4/3 is far enough, especially that the sensors always get better & 99% of the pictures are watched on a screen!.. so the smaler size of m4/3 is an advantage !

  • MJr

    The E-P1 was already put next to the original PEN F in product photo’s and advertised as the new digital PEN etc, it’s even written on the top of the camera. So how much more alike can it be!? Certainly hope it doesn’t just mean the exact looks, because it may have been all Space Odyssey then, but now it’s hideous. But sure if it means EVF and leatherette around a metal casing done right (like X-E1, but more PEN looks), that would be interesting…

  • MJr

    The E-P1 was already put next to the original PEN F in product photo’s and advertised as the new digital PEN etc, it’s even written on the top of the camera. So how much more alike can it be!? Certainly hope it doesn’t just mean the exact looks, because it may have been all Space Odyssey then, but now it’s hideous. But sure if it means EVF and leatherette around a metal casing done right (like X-E1, but more PEN looks), that would be interesting…

    • J Shin

      >So how much more alike can it be!?

      That’s what I’ve been wondering, too. The top curve of the E-Px’s is right from the PEN F.

      And I would prefer less metal in the design. I don’t like the chrome band on the E-PM2, for instance, although I may be alone; it makes it more “car-like” rather than “jewel-like”.

  • Mark k.

    i sold my Nikon D7000 for an OMD and for me me it was a good descission. Body + Lenses are more comportable to carry with me and I Do not see any significant loss of picture quality up to iso2500. And the 12-35 I use is far better than the 24-70 for nikon.
    at iso3200 the Nikon sensor seems to be a little bit better, but nothing to worry about. A D600 would make a difference bit this would be still more heavier than a d7000 is. No thanks. A Pen p5 could be a nice second-body to reduce weight again.

  • Mark k.

    i sold my Nikon D7000 for an OMD and for me me it was a good descission. Body + Lenses are more comportable to carry with me and I Do not see any significant loss of picture quality up to iso2500. And the 12-35 I use is far better than the 24-70 for nikon.
    at iso3200 the Nikon sensor seems to be a little bit better, but nothing to worry about. A D600 would make a difference bit this would be still more heavier than a d7000 is. No thanks. A Pen p5 could be a nice second-body to reduce weight again.

  • Terence Leung

    im good w/ my OMD =P but i like the direction.. sets them apart from others.

  • Terence Leung

    im good w/ my OMD =P but i like the direction.. sets them apart from others.

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